Pomegranate is very special in Azerbaijan in general and in Goychay in perticular. The pemegranate of Goychay is very famous across the globe. Pomegranate Festival is an annual cultural festival that is held in Goychay, Azerbaijan. The festival features Azerbaijani fruit-cuisine mainly the pomegranates from Goychay. At the festival, a parade is held with traditional Azerbaijani dances and Azerbaijani music.
There are also several competitions such as; biggest pomegranate or eating contest
Yearly some 5,000-7,000 people come to the festival and enjoyed the sights. Pomegranate Festival usually takes place in October.
Ali Pasha oghlu Karimov was born March 22, 1931, in the Goychay region of Azerbaijan. He died June 30, 1969 in Baku.
He graduated from the Literature Institute named after Maxim Gorky (1955). He eventually headed the Poetry Department of Azerbaijan magazine. He received an award for his epic entitled "First Symphony" (Ilk Simfoniya) at the Sixth Festival of World Youth and Students held in Moscow in 1957.
He is the author of the following books: "Two Loves" (Iki Sevgi, 1960), "Always Traveling" (Hamisha Safarda, 1963), "Golden Wing" (Gizil Ganad, 1965), "Return Your Mother's Debt" (Gaytar Ana Borjunu, 1970), "Stairs" (Pillalar, 1978), "Return" (Gayit, 1983).
His famous poem, "Stone", was published in Azerbaijan International's Literary issue (AI 7.1) Spring 1999, p 44.
These poems published here were translated by Aynura Huseinova and Ulviyya Mammadova. They were edited by Betty Blair.
The length Goychay River is of 113 km. Clay gravestones have been discovered in the basin of the Goychay River which flows thro¬ugh Gabala, Ismayilli, Goychay and Ujar districts. There used to be Albanian settlements in the valley of the river.
Le¬gend has it that in the 7th century, an Arab traveler visited the settlement of Tahla on the bank of the Goychay River at a distance of 6-8 km from the town and recorded in his memoirs that pe¬ople living on the bank of the river gave him dried apricots and mulberry free of charge. It is believed that the name of the river comes from that time. In fact, the name of the river comes from the fact that the water looks bluish in the upper reaches of the river. This name comes from the fact that the water in the river is limpid and reflects the sky.